In a recent photo blog, East Hampton native Tara Israel said that there is no one definition of what a 'Bonacker' is; that everyone has a different idea on what it means to be an true East Hampton local.
East Hampton Patch put that question to our readers and the following is a round-up of their thoughts on what it means to be Bonac. Feel free to keep the conversation going by adding your thoughts to the comment section below.
Ben Reichart "Can't say as I ever thought of myself as a Bonacker anymore than a native american thought he was an Indian. A Bonacker ain't a thing to be defined. Now, Grandfather Horace Bennett and his father and his father before him was born down to springs. Does that qualify as a Bonacker? Could be and it is as good a definition as any. If you have to question it, then I'd say you ain't it."
Linda Whitis Brothers: "As long as you are descended from a Bonacker and guess if ya know wheyah Freetown was, by God, you are a Bonacker too."
Jillian M Calderon: "I come from a family of true bonackers... Bennetts, Havens... and so on my grandfather was the only one born in the hospital cause he was to big the rest of his siblings were born at home in springs my mother was a bonacker born in Southampton hospital raised in springs and yes, I am so proud to say that I am a daughter and granddaughter and so on of TRUE bonackers... I love it"
Spero Alexio: "My first girlfriend was a Bonacker name Cherie Meyer...I can still remember her say in her best Bonac accent, "Well, I guess so Bub."
Spero Alexio: "Bonackers are an endangers species and should be protected like the Spotted Owl and the Platypus..."
Marina McCreery: "Thinking it's someone who's born here on East End, parents and grandparents - great grand parents even better. educated, married and continues to live in, be active part of his community here."
Lois Watts: "In the old days you were a Bonacker if YOU WERE BORN in the SPRINGS or in EH! Not in Southampton hospital! There are lots of peeps running around saying they are Bonackers that are not! Just like there are those who say they are LOCAL! I've lived here oner 44 years and I'm as local as you'll get without being born here! My daughter is a local but since she was born in the hospital she's not a Bonacker!"